December 13, 2005 | Press Release

Claudia Rosett Receives the Center for Security Policy’s “Mightier Pen” Award

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 14, 2005) – The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies congratulates Claudia Rosett for receiving the Center for Security Policy's “Mightier Pen” award for her tireless work exposing the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal and for her writing on issues of human rights and freedom.

“It is a great privilege to receive this award,” said Rosett.  “Among the many to whom I am grateful for their help, support and inspiration, I would like above all to thank the American troops and those of our allies who, in the war we are now fighting, have stepped up to the frontlines, at risk of their lives, to defend the freedom to wield a pen.”

FDD President Clifford May remarked, “Claudia has been indefatigable in her investigations and insightful in her analyses. The FDD is very proud to have been able to support her ground-breaking journalism on an issue of such importance — and we're proud that she has won this prestigious award.”

The Mightier Pen Award was established in 2001 in “recognition of individuals who have, through their published writings, contributed to the public's appreciation of the need for robust U.S. national security policies and military strength as an indispensable ingredient in promoting international peace.” Previous recipients include William F. Buckley and Charles Krauthammer.

Claudia Rosett is Journalist-in-Residence with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.  She has written more than 50 investigative stories for various publications exposing the depth of the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal.  Earlier this year, Claudia was the recipient of the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism.  Ms. Rosett also covered the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, and writes frequently about the war on terrorism and the struggle for freedom.

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